Easy Meal Prep Meal: Sweet and Spicy BBQ Ribs

It was a lazy Sunday meal, so please forgive the lack of a starch. Actually, we had a starchfull (yes, I just made up a word) lunch, so didn't really feel like rice or pasta to go with our easy meal prep meal: Sweet and Spicy BBQ Ribs from EZ Dinners.

I waited for a Sunday to make the ribs because they required more time in the oven than I am willing to wait for during the week. You brown them a little on both sides first (maybe two minutes each side) on the stove, then stick them, covered, in the oven for 40 minutes. You then uncover the dish and bake it for 30 more minutes (basting every 10). Finally, you broil it a few minutes for the sauce to thicken. As usual, they were a treat.

In the absence of a carbarific side, I made some stir-fry veggies. I heated my wok up to medium high, added some wok oil, a teaspoon of garlic (since it as an easy meal prep meal and I was trying to limit the number of dirty dishes/knives, I decided to use my canned chopped garlic). I added half a package of pre-chopped veggies, stir-fried them till they got a little brown on the edges, then poured a couple glugs of this (spicy!) stir-fry sauce. A couple more stirs and it was all done. And, since I never cook on the fly, I was pretty proud of myself. It's all about baby steps.

If you haven't already, you should definitely try an easy meal prep place in your area. You get great fast food alternative meals and have a fun afternoon with your friends (and coffee after if you go with us!). From my experience, the local ones (as opposed to the chains) are better because they are more flexible to the needs of an individual. Let me know if you try it and what you think.

5 comments:

  1. You just made my day! I had no idea that there were so many "easy meal prep" places in my state. I read about one in Burlington, but there are actually 4 within 15 minutes of my apartment. I'm definitely going to try one out and promise to report back.

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  2. Oh good! After trying two in my area, I have to say I like the family run ones instead of the corporate ones. The smaller shops seem to have more personalized options.

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  3. Apparently there are over 1000 easy meal prep facilities in the US and they are starting to open in Canada and UK too.

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  4. Maddie at EZ DinnersJanuary 27, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    So glad you enjoyed the ribs, Madeline! This entree (like many at our store as well as easy meal preps across the county) can be prepared with almost no effort by tossing it into your crockpot for 8-10 hours on low. Here's a helpful chart that shows cook times for "regular" recipes made in a crockpot instead. http://www.ezdinner.snapmonkey.net/page/page/4202926.htm
    Happy cooking, everyone!
    Madeline from EZ Dinners

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  5. Ooooh, thanks Maddie! That is really helpful. Using the crockpot just makes everything easier. Thanks for sharing.

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